Anna L. Waring in 1850:
Father, I know that all my lifeIs portioned out for me,And the changes that are sure to comeI do not fear to see;But I ask Thee for a present mindIntent on pleasing Thee.
I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,Through constant watching wise,To meet the glad with joyful smiles,And to wipe the weeping eyes;And a heart at leisure from itself,To soothe and sympathize.
I would not have the restless willThat hurries to and fro,Seeking for some great thing to doOr secret thing to know;I would be treated as a child,And guided where I go.
Wherever in the world I am,In whatsoe’er estate,I have a fellowship with heartsTo keep and cultivate;And a work of lowly love to doFor the Lord on whom I wait.
So I ask Thee for daily strength,To none that ask denied,And a mind to blend with outward lifeWhile keeping at Thy side;Content to fill a little space,If Thou be glorified.
And if some things I do not askIn my cup of blessing be,I would have my spirit filled the moreWith grateful love to Thee,More careful, not to serve Thee much,But to please Thee perfectly.
There are briers besetting every pathThat call for patient care;There is a cross in every lot,And an earnest need for prayer;But a lowly heart that leans on TheeIs happy anywhere.
In a service which Thy will appointsThere are no bonds for me;For my inmost heart is taught the truthThat makes Thy children free.And a life of self renouncing loveIs a life of liberty.